green color on cedar

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Forum topic by sciguymike posted 01-23-2016 08:43 PM 317 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2016 08:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ceder color refinishing cedar question

I an repairing and refinishing a ceder blanket chest that belonged to my mother-in-law so it has some meaning to my wife. The outside was covered in pattern veneer that was peeling and cracked so I removed it. The light color boards has a very green tint to them but they were cream colored on the inside. What caused this and how can I restore them to the natural color? I am guessing the chest is about sixty’ish years old.

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#1 posted 01-23-2016 10:21 PM

As a wild guess without a picture, probably poplar, which commonly has a green tint. Sapwood on the inside and heartwood on the top. If that is the case, it is the natural color and you can’t restore it, but it will turn brown with exposure to light.

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#2 posted 01-23-2016 10:46 PM

Since its only on the veneer side, I’d say the glue they used had something in it that caused the tint. First thing that comes to mind is copper. If so, it may be surface, but may be dyed deeper.

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